NMPA’s Israelite to Continue as Trade Organization’s President and CEO Through 2018 6/18/13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / June 18, 2013

WASHINGTON—The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) Board of Directors today announced that David Israelite has accepted a contract extension to continue his role as the trade organization’s President and CEO through 2018. Israelite has served as President and CEO since February 2005.

Irwin Z. Robinson, Chairman of the NMPA Board of Directors, said Israelite’s tireless effort on behalf of creators and music publishers merited the organization’s commitment to retaining its CEO.

“David has been an exceptional leader for the publishing and songwriting community and also the larger music industry,” Robinson said. “As our music marketplace is being redefined,  music publishers and songwriters are seeing the benefits of his leadership financially and professionally.  He has increased the stature of NMPA and remains one of our industry’s strongest public champions for the rights and value of musical works.  We’re pleased he’s agreed to stay on.”

Israelite said, “I am humbled and honored to be asked to continue my advocacy on behalf of songwriters and music publishers. NMPA’s focus will continue to be protecting the rights of creators and ensuring songwriters and music publishers receive their fair share of the digital music  marketplace.’

As President and CEO, Israelite is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the NMPA’s operations, from legal strategy and implementation to government affairs and advocacy.  His tenure to date has produced landmark legal successes on behalf of publishers,  groundbreaking industry collaboration in royalty rate agreements and raised the profile of the publishing community within the music industry.  He has been named to Billboard’s Power 100 multiple times and serves on several boards including the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Special Olympics DC.

Prior to leading NMPA, Israelite held senior positions in various capacities for the U.S. government including at the Department of Justice where he was appointed Chairman of the Department’s Task Force on Intellectual Property and in the U.S. Senate where he was Administrative Assistant for Missouri Senator Kit Bond.  Israelite earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri and his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College.

About the NMPA

Founded in 1917, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) is the trade association representing American music publishers and their songwriting partners. The NMPA’s mandate is to protect and advance the interests of music publishers and songwriters in matters relating to the domestic and global protection of music copyrights.